What is a Tack Cloth?
Tack Cloths are also known as (tack rags).
In a nut shell a tack rag is a sticky cotton rag that is used for wiping down panels that you plan to paint, varnish or clear coat. They’re not only used for automotive painting but for any work relating to refinishing.
Because we concentrate on auto body work here we will elaborate on autos.
Before tacking your car down just be sure that you already wiped it down with wax and grease remover
WARNINGS & PRECAUTIONS
Never wax and grease over painted base coat.
Wax and grease remover is only used over your prepped panels that you plan to paint. Over a sanded car and primer is ok.
Never over and between base coat or single stage paints.
Base Coat Clear Coat Tacking
When painting base coat clear coat you only want to tack your vehicle before you start painting and in between base coats only. Be sure to flash your base. Make sure your base is DRY before you tack.
Do not press too hard.
Open your tack rag entirely, then fold it up into a cloth a little bigger than your hand.
Start from the roof of the car and work your way down. Be sure to open up your rag and use a new clean area as your rag gets colored with overspray. I have visual videos on this process on this blog.
I also have in-depth detailed videos plus more things that you should know before you start painting your project within our LABAP VIP area of the site.
Using Tack Cloth on Single Stage Enamel
When tacking a single stage paint job the only time you will want to tack is before you paint.
There is no tacking between your 2-3 coats of paint.
Single stage is not like base coat and will remain tacky through your coats.
Just keep this in mind and you are all set!
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